THE HSE SOUTH have pledged to maintain services in south Kilkenny and have already moved to expand the primary care services that it provides to the residents in the Mullinavat and Ferrybank areas of the county.
Fears for the future of the Mullinavat Health Centre arose after a GP session was transferred to Ferrybank in response to increased demand from the population in Ferrybank. The HSE maintain that this session is still open to residents from the Mullinavat area.
In response to a motion out down by Kilkenny County Councillor, John Coonan at the HSE regional health forum regarding the provision of services at the Mullinavat Health Care Centre the HSE responded that “The HSE has no plans to reduce, or cease, any services currently provided from this health centre.”
The Mullinavat Health centre delivers a range of services including, a public health nurse who is available for consultations on weekdays between 9am and 10am by appointment and can be reached by phone out side of these hours. A continence nurse is also available to provide support to patients. Dental clinics are held at the three days per week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A GP holds two evening sessions on Monday and Wednesday and a morning session on Friday.
The HSE stated that “any changes to the clinic times by the GPs will be by agreement with the HSE. The ongoing provision of GP services will be kept under review and if the demand increases in Mullinavat the provision of those services will be reviewed by the HSE and the GPs to ensure that local needs area addressed effectively and equitably.”